Mobile Minutes: #PittBound Part III

What. A. Day.

Arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 7:30 AM EST. I fell asleep for five hours afterwards.

At 1:00 PM we went down to downtown Pittsburgh, which is absolutely GORGEOUS!


Exhibit A

Also, this was after enjoying a delicious burger from Burgatory. Burgatory is basically Chipotle…with burgers…and better!


After glory; it was time to enjoy Pittsburgh. Including random rain storms, fountains, and old friends.


This place is truly paradise.


Mobile Minutes: Quinoa & Black Beans

I was trying to figure out what to cook this evening, and I found a fun recipe involving quinoa and black beans (two of my favorite foods).

What’s the odds that I’d actually have all the ingredients without going to the store?

Yes, God is good.

Complete proteins are a huge part of the repair process for the body. Today was a rest day for me, a chance for me to hydrate and get off my legs. It’s also a chance to cook up a massive meal since my night is free.

Here we go…

I sauted onions and garlic in coconut oil, afterwards I added quinoa and vegetable broth to the sauce pan and let it simmer. At this moment I added cumin and cayenne pepper. Quinoa cooked for fifteen minutes, afterwards I added frozen corn and let it simmer again for five minutes. Finally I added rinsed black beans and cilantro.
Done. Deal.


Huge, huge serving and very filling. It’s gluten free, vegetarian, and in this case was organic. Total prep and cook time took about an hour.

Total cost of this dish is in the $6-$8 range due to pending quinoa pricepricess.


Mobile Minutes: Chicken Soup for the Runner

Productive day during this break from school. Cleaned the kitchen, made juice, cleaned the kitchen again, had lunch, and started dinner. The cloudy, cool, damp day wanted to keep me indoors, but thankfully Jim popped over to get me out of the apartment (flat on the Mazda3 needed to be changed out).

Afterwards, I felt the sudden inspiration to run “stadiums” (running up and down the flights of steps at a local football field) for my workout. I had forgotten that technically Thursday’s are my day of rest from running. Darco was gone for the day and night, so truly the day was up to me. Two hours later I finished my workout, grabbed coffee (haven’t had that in nearly a week), and headed home.

Finished my rehab workouts from my doctor, and hopped in the shower (shame on me, it had been two days). Upon finishing I checked on the dinner that I had started; a crock pot variety of chicken soup with gluten free pasta noodles.

Now? I’m sitting comfortably on the couch, preparing to watch a new episode of Arrow, iced coffee on the table, chicken soup in a bowl, and a calm glow from the lamp in the living room.

Truly, this is the best day of spring break to date.

Oh yeah…the department of education also said today that I qualify for a provisional social studies middle school certification without having to take their content examination!



A new grocery store opened up near where I work. Darco and I went exploring this past weekend to see what fresh, organic options we could find.

…we came home with a pound of chocolate covered espresso beans…

Naturally a photo of our find was required, and then that grocery chain sent it out on their Instagram feed.



I’m still laughing. Who knew eating healthy would be so entertaining?


XXXI: Recent Recap

Still trying to wake up…
Nasty stomach ache from eating fried squid kept me up this morning. Seems to be the theme of the week. Rarely have I awoken during the night, it’s been a tiring week. Since we’ve been swamped with things this week, I thought I’d drop a brief recap.
Life is pretty fun. Darco loves her new job, and I’m excited to actually, finally be a part of a school building. We’re commuting every day. She has the midweek off, and I have Saturday & Sunday off.
We’ve made financial sheets to assist the household, started making more meals from home, and are trying to be more physically active.
Bible study on Thursday is a nice, fresh breather in the week, and we continue to crave that interaction. Darco is teaching a Sunday School class on Sunday’s, and I’m working on a new project (for fun). Routine Monday through Friday is about our only chance for survival, that’s only half humorous.
Slowly, but surely, we’re getting bills caught up. Objective is to be 100% in the black by the time we move next May.
Our friends at the Boston Breakers (professional women’s soccer) are back at it, and after a year away from the insanity, Darco and I are pumped about supporting the Breakers from the Midwest.
I’m still trying to find time to run, and not break myself. I finally scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic sports doctor due to the ongoing issues with my Achilles (from April). It’s very discouraging as I would love to be able run without that nagging injury. Perhaps this winter will be a perfect time to rehab and recover. My big goal is to compete (and win) a mile race on July 4, 2015 in Flagstaff, Arizona. We’ll see how well that pans out.
Life is busy and life is good. I feel like I’m an official adult, and Darco and I are an official young couple. I suppose in a lot of ways I wouldn’t want it any other way, and it’s nice to wake up knowing you’re following God’s desired path.